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Sounds of the End of the World

Posted: October 17th, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

III International Conference on Sonorities Research (CIPS)
June 7th to 9th, 2023
Fluminense Federal University (UFF) – Niterói/RJ – Brazil

In recent decades, we have witnessed changes on a global scale that can be seen as threats to human existence itself – threats caused by ourselves, as the Anthropocene theories demonstrate. Climate change, pandemics, food shortages and wars are the result of the brutal exploitation of the planet, the struggle for control of natural and economic resources, as well as the denial of the ongoing crisis.

The end of the world means, of course, not only a nuclear or climatic hecatomb, but also the end of worldviews, models of knowledge or even cognitive, affective and social patterns. A new world emerges outlining its creative powers and its dystopias of control, automation and depletion of natural resources necessary for technological development.

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Global Digital Music Studies

Posted: October 5th, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

A Conference in honor of Dr. Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie
Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale RILM
New York City, NY, USA
April 12–13, 2023

UNESCO has argued that the Covid-19 crisis is a reminder “that we should nurture the socially-beneficial applications of digital technologies and focus on improving access and uses in countries where it is lacking.” Building on this and keeping true to its mission, Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) seeks to bring together researchers, educators, and librarians interested in the ways digital technologies intersect with music studies worldwide and in its broadest sense, encompassing all branches: historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, as well as popular music studies and other fields.

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Popular Song in Europe in the 1920s

Posted: October 4th, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

University of Rouen-Normandie, France, 8-9 June 2023
Organizer : John Mullen
Popular Song in Europe in the 1920s

The 1920s was a key period for popular song. The slow rise of recorded music, and the arrival of radio, brought to the end that era when live performance was at the centre of the music industries. Meanwhile, ongoing urbanization in many countries continually changed the relationship between song, everyday life, fantasy and identity.

In Britain in the 1920s, the urban music hall suffered terribly. The rise of records and then the radio meant that the competition between songs was far stronger, and in general US production was more sophisticated, faster, more modern. Al Jolson, and later Cole Porter, were more impressive than the old-time singers: for the first time in history British popular song was threatened by US domination. The rise of the dance hall did damage too. Younger people wanted to go out and dance, not sit in a theatre singing along. Jazz reinforced the dance halls, while, at the end of the decade musical cinema could provide a more sophisticated song and dance show for a fraction of the price of a music hall evening.

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